Max Hastings is the author of more than twenty books, most recently Winston's War. He has served as a foreign correspondent and as the editor of Britain’s Evening Standard and Daily Telegraph and has received numerous British Press awards, including Journalist of the Year in 1982 and Editor of the Year in 1988.


Spies on the ground during WWII were able to accomplish little in the way of intelligence gathering that made a difference. Codebreakers were another story entirely.